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It’s summertime on the North Carolina coast and the livin’ is easy.Unless, that is, you’ve just lost your mother to cancer, your sister to her extremist husband, and your husband to his executive assistant. Meet Gray Howard. Right when Gray could use a serious infusion of good karma in her life, she inadvertently gets a stranger, Diana Harrington, fired from her job at the local pharmacy.Diana Harrington’s summer isn’t off to the greatest start either: Hours before losing her job, she broke up with her boyfriend and moved out of their shared house with only a worn-out Impala for a bed. Lucky for her, Gray has an empty guest house and a very guilty conscience.With Gray’s kindness, Diana’s tide begins to turn. But when her first love returns, every secret from her past seems to resurface all at once. And, as Gray begins to blaze a new trail, she discovers, with Diana’s help, that what she envisioned as her perfect life may not be what she wants at all.In her warmest, wisest novel yet, Kristy Woodson Harvey delivers a discerning portrait of modern womanhood through two vastly different lenses. Feels Like Falling is a beach bag essential for Harvey fans—and for a new generation of readers.
Good morning, chic readers! We have such a treat for you today! Not only is one of our favorite (and nicest!!) designer friends, Marika Meyer, here for a super fun chic chat, but she is also offering a discount on some of her most popular handmade pillows exclusively to Design Chic readers for the next 72 hours. (Details at the end of the post!) They are absolutely stunning and the beyond perfect way to give your home a facelift for fall. The collection is created for mixing and matching, layering and, of course, loving! You can’t wrong with any combination. Read on to learn more about this talented designer’s inspirations, biggest accomplishments and much, much more! Click here to see a favorite house tourof Marika’s that we shared in February.
1. How did you get started as a designer?
Design and the visual arts have always been an integral part of my life. As a child I was enrolled in drawing and painting by age 4 and fell in love with art as a form of expression. My grandmother, Marika Aires was also a decorator in Washington and had a keen eye for design and the arts and was one of my biggest creative role models.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
There is an opportunity to find inspiration everywhere, if you take the time to slow down and notice things. But, hands down, I must say that my inspiration comes from my family, whether that be our history of appreciation for antiquities, or specific family heirlooms.
3.Do you have a favorite project to date? Or a favorite type of project that tends to be your favorite?
A project recently completed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is definitely a new favorite, for so many reasons. First, I was able to work with a client who I have known for many years, and we have worked on many homes together. Second, it was a start to finish project, from a totally blank canvas, raw piece of land, to the completed home. I love being able to help our clients throughout the entire process. And, lastly, the location was absolutely stunning with uninterrupted water views!
4.What is the biggest challenge you face as a designer?
As a designer one of the biggest challenges I find is helping clients navigate the design process and understand that beautiful spaces don’t have to come with a six figure price tag. Like pairing a plain white t-shirt from H&M with a Chanel bag, it’s understanding how and where to spend to make the biggest impact. One of the most rewarding parts of that challenge is giving clients the satisfaction of having a curated and collected look that seamlessly marries high and low pieces.
5. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment to date?
Creating our own product line of textiles and rugs was a huge accomplishment. I have always been “creative” and being able to use all of my artistic skills in conjunction with interiors is the culmination of my passions.
6. Are there any designers that particularly inspire you?
Elsie de Wolfe. She was a trailblazer for women and the design world. She bucked Victorian tradition and embraced a new style of design, in both her interiors and her wardrobe. In the truest sense of classic design, her interiors would be just as fresh today (hello, cheetah pillows?!) as they were in the early twentieth century.
Go-to paint color?
Benjamin Moore Iceberg
Ebooks or hardbacks?
M&Ms or Skittles?
Coffee or tea?
Which pillow is your favorite? We love them all, but oh, the Elliot…
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We love getting to know more about our favorite designers and hope you do too!
Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Wednesday is off to a terrific start. We are so excited to tour this gorgeous home designed by Marika Meyer Interiors. From the stunning color palette in Pantone’s color of the year, to the well-placed accessories, every element is perfection.
Thanks so much for visiting Design Chic. We always love seeing you here!
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I’m heading to NYC today for my last meeting at Simon & Schuster before the launch of Feels Like Falling–and my first appearance on NY Live! If you’re in the area, tune in on February 13 to check out the best ways to “Spruce Your Space for Spring!”
Then it’s on to The Savannah Book Festival. I’m speaking on Saturday morning at 10:15 am at the First Baptist Church. I’ll be in the author’s tent immediately after signing books. If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there!
Good morning, chic readers! We hope your Tuesday is off to a terrific start. If not, all of that is about to change! We shared the work of this talented designer last week, but one post just wasn’t enough. Take a break, take a peek, and let us know which space of Marika Meyer Interiors is your favorite!
Talk about a gallery wall! Bright, bold and colorful, this focal wall is the perfect accent to an already gorgeous space.
Bar carts are one of our essentials, but styling them can be tricky. We’re pinning this one for inspiration!
If you ask us, a home can never have too many books. This library has the perfect mix of books and accessories.
Meyer is a pro at combining neutrals in a way that makes them pop! (Because we all agree that leopard is a neutral, right?)
The paneled den gets a bright upgrade with light paneling. We’re obsessed!
One of our favorite things about Meyer’s style is that every interior feels current but collected, as though it’s a true reflection of its owners.
Even the kids’ spaces
Absolutely ooze style and personality!
From a neutral bath that is pure luxury,
To a chic spot with the right amount of whimsy, we think you’ll agree that Marika Meyer Interiors is always in good taste!
Thanks so much for stopping by Design Chic. We love seeing you!
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From internationally bestselling author and “rising star of Southern fiction” (Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author) Kristy Woodson Harvey comes the third novel in her Peachtree Bluff series, in which a secret threatens the tight-knit bond between a trio of sisters and their mother.
With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true.
Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare.
When two new women arrive in Peachtree Bluff—one who has the potential to wreck Ansley’s happiness and one who could tear Emerson’s world apart—everything is put in perspective. And after secrets that were never meant to be told come to light, the powerful bond between the Murphy sisters and their mother comes crumbling down, testing their devotion to each other and forcing them to evaluate the meaning of family.
With Kristy Woodson Harvey’s signature charm, wit, and heart, The Southern Side of Paradise is another masterful Peachtree Bluff novel that proves she is a “Southern writer with staying power” (Booklist).
Good morning, chic readers! As many of you know, since Hurricane Florence hit last September, we’ve been working, working, working to get back into our home in Beaufort.
We’re getting there, but when we came across Marika Meyer Interiors–which specializes in full-service design and on-time, on-budget construction management–we were like that’s exactly what we need!
Marika Meyer Interiors is widely known throughout Virginia, DC and Maryland as a premier boutique design firm. (So a little far from us, unfortunately!)
And, well, their work speaks for itself.
It’s no wonder that this talented team has been featured in House Beautiful, Southern Living, HGTV and Traditional Home, among others.
Marika Meyer strives to create homes that feel collected, curated and elegant.
And in every room, that collected feeling couldn’t be more apparent.
Working with families to understand how their space functions best, this team creates personalized looks that are as usable as they are stylish.
From jaw-dropping kitchens,
To charming and functional office spaces, Marika Meyer Interiors is always in good taste.
Which is your favorite space?
Thanks so much for making Design Chic a part of your day. We always love it when you stop by!
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Tickets for the Peachtree Bluff Takeover on Sale NOW!
We have been absolutely blown away by the response to the Peachtree Bluff town takeover! Tickets are going quickly so make sure to grab yours before they’re gone! Join us as the fictional Peachtree Bluff, Georgia from my Peachtree Bluff series “takes over” Beaufort, NC with a day full of fun tours, amazing food and all the Southern Charm you can handle! Southern Living just added to Beaufort’s lengthy list of accolades, naming it “The South’s Best Small Town.” Come see what all the fuss is about! For more information and to purchase tickets visit Beaufort Historic Site.
Don’t forget, everyone who preorders The Southern Side of Paradise and emails me at [email protected] will be entered to win a trip for two to all the weekend’s events and lodging for two at Beaufort’s charming Pecan Tree Inn! (Signed copies can be preordered from South Main Book Co. at 704-630-9788 or [email protected])